Salvation Army getting unnecessary junk

The Salvation Army of Waynesboro-East Augusta County's former thrift store location on Arch Avenue has become a dumping ground for items that cannot be recycled, according to a board member. 

Salvation Army board member Harold Cook said the agency's former thrift store on Arch Avenue has become a dumping ground for items that are no longer usable.

"We are getting old furniture, bags of clothes and rags,'' he said. "I was down this morning and there were two bags of dirty, soiled clothes."

Cook said barriers and signs have been put up at the former thrift store location. Cook said there are plans for the facility that he hopes can be announced in the coming months.

"We will try to partner with another organization,'' he said.

Cook's message to those who are leaving the useless items is "don't dump on us." He said Salvation Army board members and others are forced to clean up the mess. Earlier this week, Cook said a large load of the junk was taken to the regional landfill in Augusta County.

The agency's thrift store closed earlier this year. Cook said one of the reasons for the closing was a lack of volunteers and the competition from Goodwill and others who offer clothing. Attempts were made to keep the thrift store open that included special sales and visits to other Salvation Army thrift stores.

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